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We Speak Luniwaz

by Scott Kinsey

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finalsky Scott is one of the best musicians ever! This album sounds great thanks to the great music by Zawinul, perfectly mastered by the stellar musicians in performing in the album. Favorite track: The Harvest.
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siwooooo crazy bass work Favorite track: Cucumber Slumber/World Citizen Medley.
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Mbart The magical spirit of Joe back in town ... love Scott and that bunch of fenomenal musicians responsible for this great tribute ! Thanx guys !
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Scott Kinsey - keyboards, piano, vocoder
Katise Buckingham - tenor & soprano saxophones, flute, rhymes
Hadrien Feraud - electric bass
Gergo Borlai - drums

SPECIAL GUESTS

Bobby Thomas Jr - percussion
Arto Tunçboyaciyan - percussion
Steve Tavaglione - saxophone
Jimmy Haslip - electric bass
Michael Baker - drums
Danny Carey - electronic drums
Cyril Atef - drums
Brad Dutz - percussion
Naina Kundu - voice

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Scott Kinsey at Wishbone Studio
Los Angeles, CA
Produced by Scott Kinsey
Executive Producer - Michael Janisch
Project Management & Representation - Mike Charlasch, Morphist
Illustrations & Graphic Design - Hélène Côté

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released October 25, 2019

ABOUT THE ALBUM

“Scott Kinsey’s realization of these Weather Report tunes manages to not only pay tribute to the works of Zawinul and Shorter but also to mine the music for discoverable gold. His band plays the daylights out of these tunes. This album deserves your attention.”
— Peter Erskine

Widely known as one of the most skilled keyboard players of his generation, Scott Kinsey is also one of the foremost interpreters of Joe Zawinul’s rich musical legacy. As musical director of the Zawinul Legacy Band, Kinsey has delivered electrifying performances in celebration of Zawinul’s groundbreaking work with Weather Report and the Zawinul Syndicate.

On 'We Speak Luniwaz', his Whirlwind Recordings debut, Kinsey brings his expertise to bear on re-imaginings of seven scintillating Zawinul compositions, plus one by Wayne Shorter and two originals. Joined by electric bass phenom Hadrien Feraud, saxophone/flute master Katisse Buckingham and Hungarian drummer Gergo Borlai, this accomplished crew generates sparkling energy and percolating grooves on entrancing Zawinul fare like “The Harvest” ('Dialects', 1986), “Victims of the Groove” ('Lost Tribes', 1992), “Black Market” ('Black Market', 1976), “Fast City” ('Night Passage', 1980), “Between the Thighs” ('Tale Spinnin’', 1975) and “Where the Moon Goes” ('Procession', 1983). For the funky “Cucumber Slumber,” ('Mysterious Traveler', 1974), Kinsey showcases Buckingham’s skills as rapper with a testimony to Joe in a segment titled “World Citizen.”

“Zawinul’s music has been near and dear to me ever since the moment I first heard it,” Kinsey wrote in the liner notes. “My objective was to try to do justice to this material, more than anything as a little thank-you note to someone who certainly changed my life,” added Kinsey. “And someone who gave us all so much through his uncompromising and impossibly high musical standards. What Joe did was create his own personal language that was always in the moment and totally fresh! So with time, I also learned to speak Luniwaz, perhaps using my own personal dialect… I’m pretty sure he would have loved this record.”

Special guests on this dynamic project include former Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, former Weather Report percussionist Robert Thomas Jr., former Zawinul Syndicate percussionist Arto Tunçboyaciyan and former Zawinul Syndicate drummer Michael Baker. Like Kinsey, they all speak Luniwaz.

A prolific composer and imaginative improviser, Kinsey has been the secret weapon in groups like Tribal Tech with Scott Henderson, Gary Willis and Kirk Covington (from 1992’s 'Illicit' to 2012’s 'X'), Human Element with Matthew Garrison, Tunçboyaciyan and drummer Gary Novak (2011’s self-titled debut and 2018’s 'You Are In You') and more recently the acclaimed ARC Trio, with Haslip and Borlai. As a leader, he has presided over 2006’s 'Kinesthetics' and 2016’s 'Near Life Experience,' as well as 'No Sleep' in 2018. Kinsey has also collaborated with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Alphonso Johnson, Robben Ford, Dennis Chambers, John McLaughlin, Peter Erskine, Bill Evans, Oz Noy, Tim Lefebvre, Thundercat, Flying Lotus and many others.

The legendary composer and producer Bob Belden said: “Scott Kinsey has taken the language of the synthesizer to the highest level in our modern times, as he is the first generation of keyboardists who developed electronically as opposed to the acoustic-centric classic piano model.” Kinsey continues to push the envelope in exhilarating ways on his outstanding new release, 'We Speak Luniwaz'.

PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

“This album brings an added vitality, looseness and a multi-pronged power attack {to Zawinul’s music}… A natural extension of the great man’s work and language.”
UK Vibe

"Recaptures the spirit and energy of the revered Austrian keys king and his band Weather Report on a striking new album.”
Jazzwise Magazine

"Kinsey appropriates his [Zawinul's] music with great respect, while remaining true to the spirit of the 'great wizard of keyboards'"
Jazz à Babord

The band sound terrific, and Hadrien Feraud in particular continues to justify his place as the current holder of the Jaco mantle with his awesome speed, accuracy and creativity...The creative choices throughout are totally in keeping with the genre... Undoubtedly keeps the flame burning for his [Zawinul's] unique vision.
Jazz Views

"Kinsey and his stellar crew generate crackling intensity and percolating grooves on Zawinul compositions."
Jazziz

"The album is true to the spirit of Zawinul’s music... The technical virtuosity of the musicians is something to behold."
Sandy Brown Jazz

"A very successful tribute to this very important form of modern music."
Jazz Buzz

"These virtuosic musicians have come together to add something fresh and unique to these compositions yet show with great care and humility how much they respect and love Zawinul and his work"
Jazzma

"The unparalleled virtuosity is present, the brio, the elan, the Zawinul playfulness, remarkably Kinsey and company have pulled it off."
Bebop Spoken Here

"A lovingly, brilliant tribute."
New York City Jazz Record

"Kinsey presents a sequence of creatively arranged Zawinul gems, plus
a couple of original compositions, with a gifted core band."
Jazz Times

"A true labor of love from one of Zawinul's favorite musicians and one of his very good friends. Importantly, it doesn't preserve the pieces in amber. Scott has infused the material with current influences, elastic interpretations and collaborative energy unique to its performers."
Innerviews

“An outstanding new release… Kinsey continues to present new standards in an exciting way.”
Rhein Main Magazine

“Kinsey continues to excitingly raise the bar with its stellar new release We Speak Luniwaz.”
Medien Info

"Legendary fusion classics and high-profile guests."
★★★★★ InMusic

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The Whirlwind Artist Page for Scott Kinsey.

Widely known as one of the most skilled keyboard players of his generation, he also one of the foremost interpreters of Joe Zawinul’s rich musical
legacy. As musical director of the Zawinul Legacy Band, Kinsey has delivered electrifying performances in celebration of Zawinul’s groundbreaking work with Weather Report and the Zawinul Syndicate.
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